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The Mundane in Jerusalem

A protest march in the West Bank turned violent last night when it was stopped by riot police at the checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem. Also last night, I had a very pleasant meal with my cousins at an Italian restaurant right outside the Jaffa Gate to the Old City of Jerusalem. The coexistence of…

Why I’m in Israel

Jerusalem, July 23, 2014 When I told people several months ago that I was planning to go to Israel, their reaction was usually “Oh, how interesting! I’d love to go there someday!” or “Really? How exciting!” By the time I told people a couple of weeks ago about our trip, their reaction had changed to…

Israel and Palestine: Toddlers in a Sandbox

I first posted about Israel and the Palestinians back in February 2010. Here is my original post, with some comments afterwards: Two toddlers are playing in a sandbox, while their mothers sit on a park bench, enjoying the sun, catching up on each other’s lives. All of a sudden, the mothers hear a howl, then quickly…

My amateur’s view of football and The Bite

Whenever there’s a big event like the World Cup or the Olympics, there are other issues that come up besides the sport itself: human interest stories (Lance Armstrong and his comeback from cancer), doping scandals (Lance Armstrong again) and politics (Putin’s Olympics), to list just a few examples. One of these side issues this World…

Watching the World Cup … and enjoying it!

The Dutch are absolutely fanatical about football (soccer, for American readers), and perhaps even more fanatical about supporting their national football team. You can always identify the Dutch people in the stadium: a small sea of orange (the royal family of the Netherlands is the House of Orange); their faces painted, often in red, white…

Teasing or bullying?

[:en]What’s the difference between “Kids can be mean,” or “He was just teasing,” and serious, long-term harmful bullying?[:]